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Orlando Mayor Dyer: “Because of the hard work of so many people; the state of our City remains strong. No City in America is better positioned to come out of recession faster and stronger. No City in America is better prepared to own the new century.”
March 10, 2011 – ORLANDO, FL – Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered his annual State of the City address to hundreds of residents, business owners and community leaders gathered at City Hall. The annual address is an opportunity for the Mayor to reflect on the last year and set the course for the upcoming year.
This year Mayor Dyer changed the format of his address by asking Orlando residents and business owners to participate in a question and answer session. The question and answer session was an opportunity for Mayor Dyer to seek opinions and feedback about how our community can work together to overcome the challenges of recession and keep Orlando on track for a better tomorrow.
“When I’m outside of City Hall at events and speaking engagements I do a lot of talking with residents about their concerns and the future they want for their families,” said Orlando Mayor Dyer. “This is by far my favorite part of the job. I enjoy the interaction with residents and being able to clarify issues that they have concerns about.”
During his speech, Mayor Dyer reflected on the past few years and credited accomplishments including the Community Venues, SunRail, the Creative Village and the Medical City to unprecedented partnership and a shared vision in our community.
Three of the themes of Mayor Dyer’s address were:
• Help lay the foundation for the private sector to create jobs and opportunity for our residents.
• Keep our neighborhoods and families safe.
• Continue to deliver more efficient government and the best City services around.
JOB CREATION AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
After today’s State of the City address, Orlando Mayor Dyer visited Blue Bird Bake Shop, located in the Audubon Park Garden Main Street District to demonstrate the success of our City's small businesses and Main Street Districts and the key role they play in economic development and job creation efforts. While there, Mayor Dyer worked-along with Jeff Lambert and Joel Pfrogner, the small, locally-owned bake shop's co-owners to assist with baking, decorating and selling cupcakes and baked goods.
The Audubon Park Garden District is one of the City's five designated Main Street neighborhood commercial areas which also includes Mills 50, College Park Partnership, Downtown South and Ivanhoe Village. In Mayor Dyer’s speech today he announced that in the 2009-2010 fiscal year the City's Main Street districts generated the investment of nearly $13 million, the creation of nearly 600 full and part-time jobs and the opening of 96 new businesses.
Mayor Dyer reaffirmed his commitment to public safety today saying, “keeping our city safe will always be our most important mission.” Today, Mayor Dyer announced violent crime is down by record levels, making Orlando one of the safest cities in Florida.
Also during his address, Mayor Dyer announced the positive impact the Innovative Response to Improve Safety (I.R.I.S.) camera initiative has had in the ongoing effort to keep Orlando safe. Since the initiative was launched in 2008, the I.R.I.S. cameras have helped Orlando Police officers intercede in more than 400 crimes.
This evening, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined with District 6 City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings, Police Chief Val Demings and the MetroWest Master Association Board President Stina D’Uva to announce nine I.R.I.S. cameras will begin operation in the MetroWest community. This public-private partnership is aimed at continuing to increase public safety in the MetroWest community.
Recent crime statistics (2010 compared to 2009) include:
Other highlights from Mayor Dyer’s address include:
ENHANCED CITY SERVICES
Watch Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s 2011 State of the City Address on the City’s website at www.cityoforlando.net.